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Samurai Restaurant

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979 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075-2125
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phoenix, Arizona
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31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to this restaurant Had a great organic cold sake followed by delicious Mahi Mahi hibachi dinner The chef was very gracious and skilled They give you a lot of food so be prepared to take some with you for next day lunch.

Thank sal19652015
Vista, California
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77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I having been coming here for several years. The quality of the fish is always top notch! Hamachi, tuna, uni are great! We typically sit at the sushi bar, but last night (sat of Memorial Day weekend) we came in with a party of 10 and were accommodated quickly at a table in the dining room. We... More 

Thank Denise C
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016

Great ambiance with Japanese lanterns and decor. The sashimi is fresh and the rolls are delicious, as is the tempura. You can enjoy a quiet setting and a fun experience. A good place for lunch or dinner with friends or for business. The service is pretty quick, though they also don't rush you if you would like to linger a... More 

Thank Kristin A
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87 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2016

Family owned by Charlie Sun and his father before that. Been in Solana Beach for almost 40 years. Great sushi chefs and best service and prices. Highly recommend. In the same center as the North County Rep. theatre.

Thank Mark H
San Diego
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204 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016

We are not very familiar with Japanese foods but we found delicious choices on their menu and we all 5 have very tasty meals.

Thank Jay A
Minnetonka, Minnesota
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2015

We first visited this place with a large group about 5 years ago and sat at one of their Teppanyaki tables, which are in a room that is separate from the main dining room and sushi bar. We had such a nice time that my husband and I decided to return later that week for happy hour. It was a... More 

Thank marshaka23
San Francisco, California
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142 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed dinner here with hubby. We ordered the garlic edamame, shrimp tempura, gyoza, and fresh sushi. Everything we ordered was excellent. Our waitress, Jen, did an excellent job of providing top notch service. Definitely a must if you're looking for some good Japanese food.

Thank NcogNito1
San Diego, CA
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174 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2015

Great casual restaurant in a strip mall. Entree dishes are plentiful and flavorful. Sushi rolls are good and very fresh. The beef sukiyaki is my favorite and my husband's favorite is the chicken teriyaki. The calamari appetizer also is very good. Service is always professional and very good too.

Thank BParent
Pebble Beach, California
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250 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 460 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2015

You can have your food served to your table or have it prepared Benihana style right in front of you. The prawns, chicken and beef portions are rather small, but are offset by cooked mushrooms, bean sprouts, and rice. There are only 2 sauce offerings, and the bowls are too shallow to really dip. Kids will not find a lot... More 

Thank TiredWorldTraveler
Incline Village, Nevada
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

if you enjoy outstanding Sushi this is the place for you. Sit at the right corner bar and speak to the sushi chef to find out the specialties of the day. Toro, hamachi, uni, and above all the Hamachi Kama were all fantastic.

Thank Peter B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 979 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075-2125
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Solana Beach
  • Phone Number: 858-481-0032

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?